Many safe



Many safe


Article mentions aircrew nearly 1000 aircrew losses when 137 bombers lost. Not all lost for ever, discussing chances of survival and becoming prisoner of war.




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Many Safe

The loss of 137 bombers also means the loss of nearly a thousand gallant and highly trained men. Apart from those which have been or will be saved from Air-Sea Rescue Service, they cannot be reckoned upon for further active participation in the war.
By no means all of them, however, will be lost to their families for ever. It is impossible to find an accurate guide to the actual percentage of air crews reported “ missing” who become prisoners of war, but airmen usually calculate that they have a 50-50 chance of survival if shot down over enemy territory.
The number of men who succeed in parachuting from aircraft which are set on fire or even broken up in the air is remarkable.

‘Chicken a Memory’
Dr. J.J. Mallon, Warden of Toynbee Hall, said that the B.B.C. post script last night that in his U.S. tour he told Americans: “Chicken has become a fragrant memory. Fish an imperfectly observed tradition and eggs a rumour.”


“Many safe,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 3, 2023,

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